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The Edge of the Knife


Published February 12, 2009


LibriVox recording of The Edge of the Knife by H. Beam Piper.
Read by jfmarchini.

The Terro-Human Future History is Piper's detailed account of the next 6000 years of human history. 1942, the year the first fission reactor was constructed, is defined as the year 1 A.E. (Atomic Era). In 1973, a nuclear war devastates the planet, eventually laying the groundwork for the emergence of a Terran Federation, once humanity goes into space and develops antigravity technology.

The story "The Edge of the Knife" (collected in Empire) occurs slightly before the war, and involves a man who sees flashes of the future. It links many key elements of Piper's series. (Summary from Wikipedia)



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Run time 1:48:22

Reviews

Reviewer: jollyrogered - - June 24, 2011
Subject: Edge of the Knife
I really enjoyed the ending, although, as with most of H. Beam Piper's books I wish it could've been longer.

The reading was well done, but it would have been better if the sound had been amplified a bit. It was hard to play it loudly over my laptop speakers.
Reviewer: mikezane - - October 9, 2009
Subject: I like this story
Imagine if you could see the future. What would you do with that knowledge? What if no one believed you? These questions are examined (briefly!) in this short story. I'd like to see it made into a movie, its very compelling. Reading was also very good.
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